Mamoru Hosoda’s new anime movie, Mirai, recently made history by being the first non-Ghibli Japanese animated movie to get an Oscar nomination. And now, it has won one of the most prestigious prizes in animation, the Annie Award. The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced the winners for its 46th Annual Annie Awards recently announced the winners, and Mirai won the Best Animated Independent Feature category.

Mamoru Hosoda himself was at the awarding ceremony, and he personally accepted the award. And in his acceptance speech, he admitted that his own children inspired the movie. The movie won the award over other critically-acclaimed independent animated feature films. These include MFKZ (Mutafukaz), Ce Magnifique Gâteau !, Ruben Brandt, Collector, and Tito and the Birds.

The movie also received a nomination for the “Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production” category. Unfortunately, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won that award. And speaking of Spidey and the gang, Spider-Verse also won the Best Animated Feature category this year.

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